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Opening statements set for trial of 2 in death of student

Aug. 14, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of two men accused in the 2013 shooting death of 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities. Separate juries have been selected to hear the cases...

Kentucky-Illinois bridge traffic to be restricted again

Aug. 14, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Illinois has resumed normal traffic flow this week but will have restrictions again starting next week. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says starting Monday, there will again be a lane and 10-foot load width restriction on the U.S. 51 Ohio...

AP Source: Bears, Roquan Smith agree to deal

Aug. 14, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

The standoff between the Chicago Bears and No. 8 overall draft pick Roquan Smith is over. A person familiar with the situation says the linebacker has agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees $18.5 million and includes an $11.5 million signing bonus. The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity...

Castellanos has 5 hits, 5 RBIs in Tigers' win over White Sox

Aug. 14, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't going to accept the accolades for a move that made him look like a genius. Gardenhire gave Nicholas Castellanos a rare day off Sunday, and his best hitter rewarded him with the game of his life on Monday night. Castellanos had a career-high five...

2 charged with stealing opioids, selling pills for profit

Aug. 13, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two women have been indicted on charges they stole opioids from the Chicago pharmacy where they worked then sold the drugs for a profit. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said Monday that 33-year-old Elizabeth Cruz of Stone Park and 27-year-old Jacqueline Green of Chicago are charged...

Man killed in shootout with suburban Chicago police

Aug. 13, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

RICHTON PARK, Ill. (AP) — Suburban Chicago police say a man has been killed in a shootout with officers from two departments. Authorities say members of the Richton Park and Park Forest police departments exchanged fire Monday with a man who matched the description of a suspect wanted in a shooting that...

Chicago police report drop in weekend violence

Aug. 13, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As an additional 600 police officers patrolled five violent Chicago police districts over the weekend the number of shootings dropped and no one was killed. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday said the districts will continue to see additional patrol officers "until we're...

Broxton back for Brewers; Barnes, Wilkerson optioned

Aug. 13, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned relievers Jacob Barnes and Aaron Wilkerson to their top minor-league affiliate. The Brewers, who were off Monday, plan to make another roster move before their game Tuesday at the...

Cook County e-filing system confusing for litigants

Aug. 13, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's new electronic filing system is confusing and may create barriers for low-income residents in the Chicago area, advocates and attorneys say. The county launched the e-filing system July 1 by an Illinois Supreme Court order, the Chicago Tribune reported . The system is meant to...

Illinois Medicaid legislation too late for nursing home

Aug. 13, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

PLEASANT HILL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent signing of bills to reduce the backlog of patients waiting for Medicaid approval won't save a small-town nursing home from closing next month. Pleasant Hill Village Administrator Maryann Walker told the State Journal-Register that she's happy...